• Use a simple table structure with clear headings and subheadings.
  • Avoid splitting or merging cells.
  • Avoid using colour to convey information: where you have to use colour, make sure the contrast meets WCAG AA standard.
  • Use the built-in accessibility checker in Excel to identify and fix any accessibility issues.
  • If publishing tables in PDF format or HTML, make sure a downloadable XLS version of the data is available and clearly signposted.

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) provides detailed guidance on releasing statistics in spreadsheets.

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